Elmendorf Air Force Base was established in June 1940 by the US army and transferred to the US Air Force in March 1959. It is the largest base in the state of Alaska.
Elmendorf is in an environment that provides challenging winter conditions for solar-powered LED technology. Located at 62 degrees northern latitude, the base experiences 22 nights of complete darkness each winter, 80 inches of annual snowfall, as well as temperatures down to -40 degrees C. Due to its remoteness and the extreme environment, power is a major concern.
Elmendorf was the first US AFB to trial Carmanah’s solar airfield lights in 2002 and the first US AFB to install Carmanah’s products following the test that winter. Solar lighting provided a solution that was easy to deploy, low-cost, reliable, and maintenance-free. Solar taxiway edge lights marked the engine warm-up ramp used for C-130 and F-16 takeoffs and to delineate the apron for C-130 transport aircraft. Solar apron edge lights were also used to guide fighter aircraft into hangars for routine maintenance and storage.
Elmendorf has also installed Carmanah’s lights for temporary purposes. In 2004, the base acquired an additional 47 units of Carmanah’s Model 702 solar-powered LED light for an airfield construction project that required temporary taxiway, apron and obstruction lights. Projects like this are a testament to Carmanah’s ability to provide lighting for both permanent and temporary installations.
Today, Elmendorf is using more than 150 Carmanah airfield lights for taxiway, apron and barricade lighting applications. The success at this site has led to more than 6,500 units installed at more than 40 US Air Force, Army, and Naval Air Bases in the United States, Middle East, and Southwest Asia.